University of Aberdeen


What are the worst things about studying at your university?


"The industry exposure to the energy industry is specific to upstream oil and wind. There's no downstream industry in Aberdeen. Also, Aberdeen is a small city with limited entertainment options."
"The rent for university halls is very high."
"I think communication from the university to students could be improved. For example, I found it hard to discover where to go to and who to speak to for advice."
"The cost of living in the city can be rather expensive for students."
"There could be more advertising of societies and a wider variety at the careers fairs."
"There is no union so you can't get together with friends on campus easily. There aren't that many university events and, a lot of the time, the information about seminars and events will be sent out at short notice."
"There's a need for additional computers and the quality of departments can be inconsistent."
"Apart from drinking establishments, there's not a huge amount in the city."
"It's far away from big cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh and resources are limited for some subjects."
"There is no students' union! I am told that this is being rectified but it was a real shame to go through all those years of university and have no student bar. It's also a very expensive city, transport and accommodation in particular."


"I've had some bad experiences with lecturers."
"There are sometimes examples of poor organisation in the university."
"Aside from offering societies and sports clubs (which, in my opinion, are the most important areas of the 'student experience' anyway), the student association isn't great. Accommodation is expensive in the city and it can be hard to find good flats."
"The lack of a students' union can make it difficult to build a social life."
"The high cost of living in the area."
"Aberdeen is a small city and can feel a bit remote."
"We're not at the top of the rankings and sometimes university management can be problematic. Also, it's a really expensive city."
"Teachers try to help you with career choices but I don't think they're given a lot of training on this as they do not understand the need for developing soft skills."
"The area is expensive for rent and some of the buildings are outdated."
"Aberdeen can be a bit grey and miserable weatherwise."

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